First and most, YOU DO NOT HAVE TALK TO THE POLICE OR ANYONE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. In Fact, it is probably best NOT speak to the police other than to provide your identification, to ask if you are free to leave, and, if you are not free to leave, to tell them you wish to remain silent AND want a lawyer. Remember, no matter what the police are telling you, you have NO OBLIGATION to speak to them, they are NOT your friends, and they are NOT trying to help you. A police officer’s job is to gather evidence and arrest suspects, NOT to help you out. Whatever you say WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU.
Second, contact a lawyer or ask to speak to a lawyer right away. It is very important that you obtain the assistance of a trained and experienced criminal defense lawyer with whom you feel comfortable to help you with your case, even if you plan to plead guilty. Even experienced criminal defense lawyers do not represent themselves and hire a lawyer to represent them. Remember: nothing the lawyer says can be used against you, and a skilled, experienced defense lawyer can help you obtain a lighter sentence, minimize (and in some cases completely eliminate) your criminal charges, and, if necessary, take your case to trial before a jury. Contact us here for a FREE consultation.